FoMoCo never chromed out the
and sent it to the
division, but a version of
is reportedly headed to
. It would seem at first blush to be a better match for
product mix, but Ford wants Lincoln to become the volume seller under the L-M umbrella. What will power the Lincoln version is not yet known, but a variety of powertrains have been used in variants of the platform. Ford could snatch the 4.4-liter V8 from
, but it's more likely to use some iteration of the new Duratec 3.5 or 3.7. The Lincoln badge is certainly befitting of some extra kick from the engine room for differentiation, and we'd expect a more luxe interior, too.
will bow first, of course, and be allowed to hold court for about a year. The other version could be held back a full year, allowing Lincoln's seven-passenger alternative to vandom to get a solid footing. We're not sure what to think. A Lincoln version would definitely absorb some production capacity, but will it sell, or will Lincoln have a taste of the
mystique? We think a better way to share the Flex would be to go retro and create a modern-day Volvo
. A blacked out egg-crate grille, some different lights, throw in that force-fed V6 and there you go.
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